Flying Drones to be legal in India from December 1

Individuals and companies will be able to fly drones from December 1, 2018, in areas other than those barred for security reasons, according to the regulations for use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) released by the civil aviation ministry on Monday.

From the outset the policy outlines a No Drone Zones. The regulation defines “No Drone Zones” as areas around airports, near international border, Vijay Chowk in Delhi, State Secretariat Complex in state capitals, strategic locations, vital military installations and such.

The users of drones will be required to do a one-time registration of their drones. They will also need to register the pilots of these drones as well as their owners. After the registration, users will have to request for permission to fly it on a mobile application. An automated process will either permit or deny the request instantly.

Prior to this, flying drones was a punishable offence under Aircraft Act and the Indian Penal Code, citing threat to security.”Drones are a more than $1 billion market. Today is a big day for Indian aviation as we set eyes to unlock this market in India,” said Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister for Civil Aviation.